TEXARKANA, Ark. — Arkansas High and El Dorado renewed their annual rivalry on the hardwood in a Class 5A/6A contest Friday at Razorback Gym. The Lady Backs defeated the Lady Wildcats, 51-47, while the Hogs were edged by the Wildcats, 86-85.
Arkansas High 51, El Dorado 47
The Lady Backs scored consecutive buckets to gain their largest lead of the night, 42-35, with 4:50 left in the contest.
Jamiya Montgomery provided a spark for the Lady Backs in her reserve role. Montgomery scored 15 points, snatched 10 rebounds and made two steals for AHS.
Staijah Taylor led the Lady Backs defensively with five rebounds and three steals to go with seven points.
Seaira Watson was a mainstay for the Lady Backs around the rim, grabbing 11 rebounds while scoring six points.
El Dorado trailed AHS to begin the final period, 35-34.
Fortunate Barry snagged a rebound over two El Dorado players and threw a laser pass to a sprinting Z'Niah Nelson, giving AHS the lead, 17-12, with 4:50 left in the first half.
Nelson ended the game with a team-high 16 points and five rebounds for the Lady Backs.
El Dorado committed 17 fouls in the first half, while AHS was whistled for nine.
The Lady Backs backside rebounding proved to be an advantage in the second period. Arkansas High dominated the visitors on the boards, 25-10.
Both teams opened the game with closely contested defense. Neither squad garnered more than a 1-point lead throughout the first quarter.
The Lady Backs led the Wildcats at the end of the first period, 11-10.
El Dorado 86, Arkansas High 85
It was a chess match between coaches until the final whistle.
The Razorbacks forced a Wildcat turnover and Jaylon Randle scooped the pass for a transition bucket, adding to the Hogs cushion, 69-63, with 6:54 left in the game.
Randle led Arkansas High with 31 points.
AHS took its first lead of the contest at the end of the third period, 63-61.
Arkansas High tightened its defense towards the ends of the third quarter. The Hogs forced four straight turnovers, which the Razorbacks converted to points, to trail the Wildcats by one point, 59-58, with 1:06 before the final period.
Andre Reed added four steals for the Hogs with 17 points on the night, while teammate Kyron Young finished with nine points.
Brendan Simmons led El Dorado with 25 points on the night.
Both squads kept their offenses running in the second quarter.
The Wildcats outscored the Hogs, 18-14 in the second quarter, taking a 40-34 lead in to the locker rooms.
Nick Watson finished with two blocks, two steals and nine points for AHS.
El Dorado prevented the Razorbacks from shooting a free-throw in the first half.
The Hogs clawed back from being down eight, to being down a basket in the first period with 3:16 remaining, 14-12.
The Wildcats drained two treys on consecutive possessions, extending their edge with 1:11 left in the first quarter, 22-15.
AHS trailed El Dorado, 22-20, to begin the second quarter.